Concord representative waives arraignment on assault charge

  • Katherine Rogers

Monitor staff
Wednesday, September 27, 2017

A Democratic state representative from Concord pleaded not guilty to assaulting a political foe last November during a state Senate race recount.

Katherine Rogers, 62, was scheduled to appear Friday morning in Concord’s district court. However, Rogers’s attorney, William Christie, filed a waiver of arraignment on her behalf Tuesday, according to court records.

Rogers faces one count of misdemeanor simple assault. New Hampshire State Police levied the charge against Rogers following an incident at the state records building on South Fruit Street.

Susan Olsen, a gun-rights activist, was volunteering as a Republican observer to watch the recount between incumbent Democrat Andrew Hosmer and Republican Harold French. Olsen claims that when she asked counters to move ballots closer so she could better see them, Rogers, who was volunteering as a Democratic observer, engaged physically.

“She turns to me and grabs me with one hand and starts to lean into me like she was going to hug me and basically says, ‘You know, well whatever makes you happy.’ Then she clocked me on the side of the head,” Olsen said in an audio interview with the conservative blog Granite Grok. “After telling her that I would have her arrested if she touched me again, she leans into me and says, ‘Hit me, go ahead, hit me, I know you want to. No, what you want to do – you want to shoot me.’ ”

Christie previously called the matter a partisan ploy in an interview with the Monitor.

“This is an unfortunate complaint made to the state for political purposes. We look forward to resolving this matter as quickly as possible,” he wrote in an email last month.

Rogers, who has frequently sponsored gun-control legislation, sits on the House Finance Committee and represents Concord wards 8, 9 and 10. She is a former Concord city councilor and Merrimack County attorney.

A trial management conference is scheduled for Nov. 17 in Concord.